For each of his recent singles, Chance the Rapper has employed an unorthodox approach for its release.
Whether it be his multiple “Writing Exercises” released on YouTube, with its most recent being fleshed out as a DSP single in “Wraith” with Vic Mensa, or his “Child of God” track in March accompanied by an art exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chance has been thinking outside of the box to start 2022.
Now, for a second time, Chance has certified the marriage between his music and a painted art piece, commissioning Nikko Washington to create a painting that not only is used as the cover art for his new single “A Bar About a Bar” (May 27), but is now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.
In the brief single, that could potentially fit as an interlude on his upcoming album, yet to be given a title or release date, Chance tells a quirky tale about a cowboy who does not enjoy his time at a bar because he’s preoccupied with needing to use the restroom. Lasting only a minute long, the music video for “A Bar About a Bar” sees Chance visualizing the song’s story while rapping it to Vic Mensa.
At the end of the video, Chance teases his upcoming new single “The Highs & The Lows” with Joey Bada$$ dropping in June, which they worked on during a recent trip to Italy. Both Joey and Chance have projects on the horizon, so it will be interesting to see how they come together whilst in album mode.
Chance the Rapper continues to unload the spontaneous ideas and ruthless bars he’s been holding in for the past few years, and it seems he is returning to peak form with each new release.
Check out “A Bar About a Bar” below!